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Another Pinoy tries to upset 'Thai Mayweather'

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Cagayan de Oro boxer Marco John Rementizo hopes to stop Wanheng Menayothin’s epic win run

Ebe Dancel's first solo concert in February is pushing through

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Details of the safety measures that will be implemented during the concert will be emailed to ticket-buyers

20 YEARS. Ebe Dancel is staging his first solo concert in celebration of 20 years in the music industry. Photo courtesy of Make Good

Marcelito Pomoy says international singing engagements are pouring in

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Marcelito, who placed 3rd runner-up in 'America's Got Talent: The Champion', already has singing engagements lined up abroad

Magramo faces unbeaten Nakatani for title in Tokyo

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:57 PM

Top contender Giemel Magramo will vie for the vacant WBO flyweight crown against Junto Nakatani

ON A ROLL. Giemel Magramo has emerged as the No. 1 contender for a world title after stopping his last 7 opponents. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

OFW remittances hit record high of $33.5 billion in 2019

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Filipinos based abroad send more cash and prop up the Philippine economy in 2019, but the novel coronavirus may affect their jobs and trigger a domino effect in 2020

Santisima tries to do a Pacquiao in world title drive vs Navarrete

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:06 PM

Masbate pride Jeo Santisima vies to wrest the WBO super bantamweight crown from Emanuel Navarrete

HEAVY UNDERDOG. Some boxing sites predict Jeo Santisima only has an 8% chance of winning. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Filipino shuttlers bow out in Badminton Asia quarters

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Top-ranked Indonesia ousts the Philippines in the men’s quarterfinals of the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships

GALLANTE EFFORT. Philippine bets Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye manage to put up a fight against their Indonesian foes. Photo release

Happy Valentine's Day, here's Ben&Ben's new music video

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'So why don't we fall in love tonight?'

WATCH: Julia Barretto sees double in 'I Am U' trailer

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:46 PM

The series is set to stream on iWant soon

DOPPLEGANGER. In 'I Am U,' Julia Barretto's character meets her double. Screenshot from iWant on YouTube

Paulo Avelino joins cast of 'Darna' movie

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:21 PM

The actor's role in the movie has yet to be announced

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Marcelito Pomoy on 'America's Got Talent' finals performance: 'For me, I'm already a winner'

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:07 PM

The dual-voice singer sang 'Beauty and the Beast' in the show's finals

MARCELITO POMOY. The singer performs in the finals night of 'America's Got Talent: The Champions.' Screenshot from

Sabrina Claudio cancels Wanderland 2020 appearance

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:51 PM

The cancellation is due to 'scheduling/routing' conflicts, according to Wanderland

SABRINA CLAUDIO. The singer cancels her Asia tour, including her appearance at the Wanderland Music Festival in Manila in March. Screenshot from

Conor McGregor welcomes Pacquiao to same management firm

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Manny Pacquiao joins the same sports management firm as MMA superstar Conor McGregor

NEW HOME. Manny Pacquiao joins the Paradigm Sports Management family. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

‘Of Vodka, Beers, and Regrets’ review: Subtle and sobering

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'Of Vodka, Beers and Regrets' is a beautiful film, through and through

Nadine Lustre, Julia Montes to star in new teleserye 'Burado'

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:25 PM

The two stars reunite with Paulo Avelino in the show

WATCH: Marcelito Pomoy performs 'Beauty and the Beast' on 'America's Got Talent'

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Marcelito channels both Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the song

Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla to reunite with Cathy Garcia-Molina in new movie 'After Forever'

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Kathniel returns to the big screen after a break

Kathniel. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Alex Eala: Bringing out her champion pedigree

Feb 09, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Grand Slam champion Alex Eala rises to become one of the country's top teen athletes

HITTING IT RIGHT. Alex Eala emerges as Philippine sports' new teen queen.

30 Filipinos from Hubei, China return home

Feb 09, 2020 - 7:19 AM

(5th UPDATE) The 30 repatriates and the team that brought them home will be quarantined in the New Clark City Athletes' Village for 14 days to be monitored for signs of the novel coronavirus

RETURNING HOME. 30 Filipinos who were in Hubei Province in China have returned to the Philippines and will undergo a 14-day quarantine. Photo from DFA.

Gov’t begins repatriating Filipinos from Hubei, China amid nCoV outbreak

Feb 08, 2020 - 10:22 PM

At least 26 Filipinos are expected to arrive early Sunday in the Philippines from China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the nCoV outbreak. They will then be quarantined for 14 days at the New Clark City Athletes’ Village in Capas, Tarlac.

FLYING HOME. Filipino repatriates at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China, with a team from the Department of Foreign Affairs, awaiting the arrival of the chartered plane from Clark, Pampanga, that will fly them home to the Philippines. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Meet the scientist who plans to turn sludge into fertilizer

Feb 08, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Among Michael Angelo Promentilla's notable studies is an eco-friendly cement substitute using pulverized fuel ash from coal-fired power plants

FILIPINO SCIENTIST. A graduate of Chemical Engineering from University of the Philippines Los Banños, Michael Angelo Promentilla continued to study Chemical Engineering in his Master’s Degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman. For his PhD, he went to Hokkaido University in Japan and studied Socio-environmental Engineering. Photo courtesy of Michael Angelo Promentilla

WATCH: Come sit at Unique's table in the new music video for 'Bukod Tangi'

Feb 07, 2020 - 8:47 PM

The 360-degree video lets viewers come face to face with multiple Uniques

NEW VIDEO. Unique Salonga releases a 360-degree music video for his song 'Bukod-Tangi.' Photo from

Watch 'One More Chance' and more at this Valentine's Day outdoor screening

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Also, catch celebrity guests do a live script reading of 'That Thing Called Tadhana'

UNCONFINED CINEMA. 'One More Chance' and other Filipino romantic movies will be projected onto the ceiling of the Makati Stock Exchange Plaza on February 14 and 15. Screenshot from

[OPINION] #CourageOn: A daughter gives her kidney to her father

Feb 07, 2020 - 1:36 PM

His melancholic voice woke me in the middle of my deep sleep. 'Inday, pwede ba naku pangayuon imung kidney? (May I ask for your other kidney?)'

Philippines eases deployment ban to Kuwait

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says a total lifting of the ban will 'not be happening any time soon'

LABOR SECRETARY. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during a Senate hearing on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The First Quarter Storm of 1970 revisited

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Armed with nothing more than angry slogans and sticks and stones – and an occasional pillbox or two – those who manned the barricades during the FQS would undergo a baptism of fire that would change their lives forever

First Quarter Storm Reunion. Rappler Photo

For a 'human rights culture': Group launches children's rights comic book

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Batang May K!, a collaboration between PhilRights and Makô, hopes to make children understand better the importance of human rights amid violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

LIST: TV shows and movies to binge on if you're in the mood for love

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:00 PM

From the sweet to the heartbreaking, from romcoms to straight-out dramas, here’s your list of V-Day movies to swoon to, cry to, relate to, and fall in love to

WATCH: Callalily's 'Reserba' music video

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Fun fact: the video is directed by John Prats and edited by Sam Milby

RESERBA. The band shares their music video for their single, 'Reserba.' Screenshot from O/C Records on YouTube

FIRST LOOK: John Lloyd Cruz's film comeback in 'Servando Magdamag'

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:01 PM

The film is directed by Lav Diaz and penned by Ricky Lee

SERVANDO MAGDAMAG. John Lloyd Cruz speaks to Ricky Lee on the set of his upcoming film comeback, 'Servando Magdamag.' Screenshot from Black Sheep on YouTube

After Homo luzonensis discovery, scientists heading back to Callao Cave

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:27 PM

'We would like to find more diagnostic human remains for further research on the new hominin species Homo luzonensis,' says the research team who will be digging again in Callao Cave for 6 weeks

CALLAO CAVE. A handout image made available by Florent Detroit and taken on August 9, 2011 shows a view of the excavation in the Callao Cave in the north of Luzon Island, in the Philippines, where an international multidisciplinary team discovered a new hominin species, Homo Luzonensis. File photo by Florent Detroit/AFP

Casimero holds no fear of Inoue

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Filipino champion John Riel Casimero thinks he hits harder than unbeaten Japanese Naoya 'The Monster' Inoue

Grace Nono sings again in 2020 Gugma Tour

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) The tour's February 18 show in Marikina is canceled amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

GRACE NONO. The artist and ethnomusicologist stages a 2020 tour. Photo by Andrew Contreras

National athletes to earn civil service eligibility

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:07 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission and Civil Service Commission plan to issue a special eligibility for national athletes

CIVIL SERVICE. PSC plans to add civil service eligibility to the list of national athletes' benefits. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Nikki Luna’s ‘Rape of Seas’ goes on exhibit in Vienna

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The exhibit confronts the fragility of Filipino sovereignty over the West Philippine sea under the Duterte administration

'RAPE OF SEAS.' Nikki Luna's exhibit is currently running in Vienna, Austria. Photo courtesy of Nikki Luna

Alex Eala dedicates 2020 Australian Open title to late grandfather

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:21 PM

'I think that was really the biggest motivation for me going into this Australian Open. And this win is really dedicated to him,' says Alex Eala

FOR LOLO BOBBY. Alex Eala comes down to practice on the court as her Lolo Bobby watches her from the sidelines. Rappler Screenshot

FAST FACTS: Who is teen tennis sensation Alex Eala?

Feb 04, 2020 - 6:27 PM

Get to know 14-year-old Alex Eala, the latest toast of Philippine sports

TEEN SENSATION. Alex Eala continues to break barriers in the tennis world. Photo from Australian Open

[OPINION] Like us, the Chinese are victims of the virus and a despotic government

Feb 04, 2020 - 2:02 PM

'We have to remember that for every rambunctious Chinese tourist, there are tens of thousands more who are good people trying to enjoy our beautiful country'

Nadine Lustre is Sam Mangubat and Bobby Skyz's 'Morena Girl'

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:35 PM

The song is released on February 1

MUSE. Nadine Lustre inspires a new song by Bobby Skyz and Sam Mangubat. Screenshot from

Naval Forces Northern Luzon leads search for missing Zambales fisherman

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Rico Undocon put out to sea on January 30 and has been seen missing since

After 1st Grand Slam title, Alex Eala clinches juniors world No. 4

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Filipina teen sensation Alex Eala reaches new heights with a world No. 4 ranking in the junior tennis circuit

WORLD NO. 4. Filipina Alex Eala nails a new career-high just a month after cracking into the top 10 of the world juniors circuit. from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

Gov’t to give cash aid to OFWs affected by China travel ban

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:04 PM

The government will give P10,000 to each overseas Filipino worker stranded in the country due to the temporary travel ban on mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau

FLIGHT BAN. Passengers not affected by the flight ban continue to arrive at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Librong LIRA launches Nick Pichay’s poetry book

Feb 03, 2020 - 12:23 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Nick Pichay’s book will be the sixth poetry book published by Librong LIRA

Photo courtesy of LIRA

Taduran retains world title with draw vs Mexican

Feb 02, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Pedro Taduran settles for a majority draw with Daniel Valladares to keep his IBF mini flyweight belt

AND STILL. Pedro Taduran remains a world champion. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

WATCH: Julia Montes fights for son's survival in '24/7' trailer

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Julia plays a security guard who will do anything to have her son cured of a mysterious virus

Racism more dangerous than novel coronavirus – FilChi business group

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:54 PM

'Spreading fake news and racist, xenophobic messages can be more dangerous than the virus itself,' says the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Depression among OFWs: 'The struggle is real'

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:55 PM

OFWs are vulnerable to depression as they live away from their families and have to overcome language and cultural barriers, say experts

Taduran guns for KO over Valladares by way of body blows

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:12 PM

Albay pride Pedro Taduran dangles his IBF minimumweight crown against Mexican challenger Daniel Valladares

NO LETUP. Pedro Taduran’s camp says the Filipino champion works hard like Manny Pacquiao. File photo

Bench Hipolito and Sarah Geronimo dance 'Tala'

Jan 31, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The 'Tala' dance craze comes full circle

SEEING DOUBLE. Sarah Geronimo and Regine Velasquez meet their drag queen counterparts Bench Hipolito and Precious Paula Nicole ahead of their upcoming concert. Screenshot from